Challenge: Free Study 2016-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
Location: Haleakalā, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Date: Mar 6, 2016
Shutter: 20 Seconds
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2016
For the record, this was taken from the summit of Mt Haleakalā on Maui in Hawaii.
I had planned the shoot around the fact that there would be no moon on the 8th of March, and weather-gods-willing; there would be clear skies. A friend that’s interested in night photography was going to go with me and I would show him the ropes. Alas, as we approached the appointed date, the weather began to deteriorate. So we moved the shoot up the 6th. In the end, the moon wasn’t a factor because it rose well after the beginning of astronomical twilight.
After dinner, I grabbed a few hours of sleep and departed about midnight for the two-hour drive to the summit. There were four in the car, not two, because at the last minute both wives decided to go. They would end up sleeping in the car while my buddy and I froze our asses off shooting stars.
We hiked about 30 minutes from where we parked to a location I had scouted a few days prior; a trail overlooking this magnificent volcanic valley looking due east … right where the Milky Way would rise in about an hour.
My buddy dinked around with his camera at the settings I suggested and was getting nothing but black. Deep black. Cold black. Devoid of stars. He’d made a few mistakes like leaving autofocus on and mistaking f/22 for f/2.8. Got him straightened out without any bruised egos and he was starting to get results.
The Milky Way rose right on schedule. The temperature was 40 degrees and humidity relatively low. Atypically, there was a very light breeze instead of 30 knot winds we’d expected. So we got some nice shots around 2:45 in the AM.
Stayed for sunrise. Breakfast at the Kula Lodge on the way down. A great night of shooting with grand results.
• Convert from RAW (PSCC 2015 Camera RAW)
• Straighten Horizon (PSCC 2015) Damn it!
• Dodge & Burn (PSCC 2015 Overlay Layers)
• Darken (PSCC 2015 Curves Layer – masked)
• Resize (PSCC 2015)
• Save for Web (PSCC 2015 Export)
• Date: 2016.03.06
• Camera: Nikon D800e
• Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G ED
• ISO: 4000
• Aperture: f/2.8
• Shutter: 20 Seconds
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